Ever since Guide Sophia took tourists across Lake Tarawera to see the Pink & White
terraces in the late 1880s tourism has been the lifeblood of our city.
Millions of people flood into Rotorua every year, bringing direct benefits to businesses along with jobs for locals and flow-on effects to local tradies and support industry who keep tourism-related businesses ticking.
The Productivity Commission's draft report on local government funding released this week has recommended that the government give local councils the ability to charge an accommodation levy to commercial suppliers, otherwise known as a bed tax.
While on paper this